• Inspiration for “Catch Me If You Can” movie coming to Kingsport for CyberSecurity Conference

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    March 01, 2018
    Thursday, March 1, 2018
    Vanessa Bennett
    Executive Director of Operations and Leadership Programs
    Kingsport Chamber
    (423) 392-8813
    Inspiration for “Catch Me If You Can” movie coming to Kingsport for CyberSecurity Conference
    Frank Abagnale to share his amazing life story
    NOTE: Attached please find Frank Abagnale’s headshot and event flier.
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber’s Leadership Kingsport Program presents “Catch Me If You Can” CyberSecurity Conference on Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center.
    Frank Abagnale, who was the subject of the hit movie “Catch Me If You Can,” is the featured keynote speaker.
    The event’s Platinum sponsors are Ballad Health, Eastman Credit Union and Tele-Optics. Partner sponsors are Brown Edwards, City of Kingsport and Wilson Worley. Media sponsors are ABC Tri-Cities, TimesNews and WJHL News Channel 11.
    Abagnale is a security consultant known for his history in forgery, embezzlement and as an imposter. He gained notoriety in the U. S. and overseas for his fraudulent crimes.  He was later hired by the FBI as an expert on forgery and document theft and became the subject of his best-selling book, film and Broadway Musical, "Catch Me If You Can."
    “We are thrilled to have Frank Abagnale as the keynote speaker at the Leadership Kingsport CyberSecurity Conference,” said Chris McCartt, assistant city manager for development for the city of Kingsport and chair of the Kingsport Chamber’s Kingsport Leadership programs.  “Frank is a world-renowned expert on cybersecurity and fraud prevention.  He will provide expert knowledge and in-depth advice on cybersecurity and financial protection for both businesses and individuals.  In addition, he will tell his amazing and entertaining life story that became the popular movie, book and Broadway musical, ‘Catch Me If You Can.’”
    “Abagnale’s lecture may be the best one-man show you will ever see,” said Tom Hanks, two-time Academy Award winner and who had a leading role in “Catch Me If You Can.”
    Other topics for the day-long seminar include technology & equipment by Tele-Optics, personal security by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, legal protection by Wilson Worley, medical security by Ballad Health, accounting security by Brown Edwards and financial services security by Eastman Credit Union.
    “Attendees will also receive critical information from our presenting sponsors on a number of topics and issues related to cybersecurity and fraud prevention,” McCartt added.  “All businesses should attend this very important day-long event.”
    Abagnale currently advises major corporate companies and holds security seminars worldwide.
    “I believe that punishment for fraud and recovery of stolen funds are so rare, prevention is the only valuable course of action,” stated Abagnale.
    Tickets are on sale now for $179 and the price will increase to $199 after Saturday, March 31.
    Registration is online at KingsportChamber.org.
    For more information contact Vanessa Bennett at (423) 392-8813 or vbennett@kingsportchamber.org.
    Platinum Sponsors:  Ballad Health, Eastman Credit Union and Tele-Optics
    Partner Sponsors: Brown Edwards, City of Kingsport and Wilson Worley
    Media Sponsors:  ABC Tri-Cities, TimesNews, WJHL News Channel 11
    Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent fast on his heels. The Tony-Award winning musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” directed by the legendary Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in April of 2011.
    “I chose to immortalize him on film because of what he’s done for the country for more than 30 years,” stated two-time Academy Award winner for best director Steven Spielberg, director of “Catch Me If You Can.”
    Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 40 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News – a select group of 400 people chosen of the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields. In 2004, Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U guide to identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.
    Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work. Today, the majority of his income is derived from consulting with major corporate clients such as LexisNexis, Intuit, AARP, and Experian and his public speaking engagements. Abagnale has conducted over 3,000 seminars on identity theft, cybercrime and fraud worldwide. Abagnale works as an advisor to a number of print and technology companies around the world. He spent 20 years as an advisor to the Standard Register Company, creating security features for negotiable instruments, car titles, etc. He spent 10 years as an advisor to the 41st Parameter which developed fraud detection technology, now used in 80 countries around the world and recently purchased by Experian. Today, Abagnale is an advisor to Trusona (www.trusona.com) in developing the world’s first and only insured authentication platform.
    Your Kingsport Chamber’s Kingsport Leadership program includes two leadership programs, Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership.
    The mission of Leadership Kingsport, the adult leadership program, is to develop leaders who give life to community dreams.
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    Each program develops community individuals who desire to take an active leadership role in Kingsport.  Team-building and leadership training skills as well as the importance of community trusteeship are all strongly enforced during the year to the class participants.  Various community topics (Kingsport history; city, county and state government; economic development; workforce development; education; arts and culture; non-profits; healthcare; and community initiatives and projects; among others) are highlighted and promoted to each class throughout the year.
    In addition, Leadership Kingsport creates Community Impact Projects (CIPs) with each class.  CIPs are ideas and efforts that seek to improve the economic vitality and enhance the quality of life for the city. 
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